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Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera
Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera (click to enlarge)

Test Image of Earth Rocks by Mars Camera

This view of terrestrial rocks was taken by a testing twin -- the "life test unit" -- of the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory.

The rounded gray cobble at lower right is about 11 cm (4.3 inches) in its longest dimension. As a demonstration of how MAHLI's adjustable focus may be used on Mars, this image can be compared with PIA13584, a closer-up view of this same cobble revealing smaller details on its surface. The inscribed rectangle indicates the portion of the rock covered in the close-up view.

Last Update: 22 Nov 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems

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Last Updated: 22 Nov 2011